We Are Powerless

On Friday, at the NCTM Annual Meeting in San Antonio, I was lucky enough to deliver an Ignite with 9 other amazing classroom teachers. Each had their own special take on education. Here is mine.

Pictures from the 2017 CONNECT Session

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

Pictures from the 2017 Spring Conference CONNECT sessions.

MCTM CONNECT Book Giveaway

Please consider donating any unneeded but reasonably current textbooks or other learning materials to the MCTM CONNECT Book Giveaway.

Estimation 180 in a 3rd Grade Classroom

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Elementary, Research and Resources | One Comment

Post-recess and lunch excitement is in the air as we walk back to our classroom; where our next subject to begin is math. As we all know, routines are crucial in the classroom so we begin our student-led, mindful breathing to focus our bodies and minds for learning.

MCTM Staff Development Survey

MCTM Staff Development Survey – your assistance is requested.

During the 2016 MCTM Spring Conference, a need was expressed for creating a statewide resource of how districts provide staff development during the school duty day.

The importance of this survey relies in our belief that staff development is vital for the success of any school district. Thank you for showing you value staff development by taking the time to complete this survey. Results of this survey will be shared in April.

Making Sense

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Elementary | No Comments

This was a wonderful opportunity for discussions around making sense of the problem, communicating clearly and making sense of each other’s thinking. Yes, in first grade.

FIVE! 5 Images to Inspire Mathematical Discussion

FIVE!
5 Images to inspire mathematical discussion.Minnesota: The land of 10,000 words for every picture.

Connect with Metro Area Math Teachers!

As I advertised CONNECT’s events I was contacted by many not-new math teachers saying “Hey, we want to get together too”.

March Madness in Math Class

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

I don’t know about you, but the term “March Madness” is a relevant term in Minnesota Education. When March rolls around I start to think about how far we have gotten addressing the content, and how much further do we need to go. How are we going to get it all done?

Notes from Region 1

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

Over the last three years that I have been here at Albert Lea, I have seen a huge, positive impact with student understanding of mathematics. I believe that is due to multiple reasons; however, the one I want to share today is how important a math-positive culture is to success.